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    Carved Bone ID Shield Made by a Pennsylvanian while Recovering from His Gettysburg Wound. Destined for the Veteran Reserve Corps, Private Jacob Emery, Co. H, 121st Pa. Vol. Inf. took time while recuperating in an army hospital to carve this bone identification badge. Emery enlisted in September 1862 and had been wounded at Fredericksburg that December before being shot again at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. He spent the next year in a hospital and was eventually assigned to the 11th Regt., Veteran Reserve Corps before mustering out in June 1865. The shield has a pleasant patina and measures 1.25" x 1.5." Etched in an untrained hand on the front is "J. I. Emery/ Co H. 121 R./ 1864" and the lettering is filled in with red wax, almost all of which remains. Two tiny holes are drilled at top and bottom to affix a fastening device on the back, now missing. The artifact was initially in the collection of GAR Post #12 in Philadelphia before ending up in a now-closed private Reading, Pa. museum in the 1950s. An item with lots of character made by a hard fighting soldier. Complete with service and pension records.

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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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